HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by state Rep. Sheryl M. Delozier (R-Cumberland) that would give crime victims legal standing in court, update crime victims’ compensation, provide notice of events in the judicial process and enhance victims’ confidentiality for domestic and sexual violence crimes was signed into law today. The measure is now Act 77 of 2022
“House Bill 2464 is a critical piece of legislation that will bolster the Pennsylvania Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. This bill assures victims can now stand in court and assert their own rights and it gives them recourse when their rights are ignored. The bill also expands victims’ confidentiality, eases the burden of seeking compensation and clarifies some legal definitions,” Delozier said. “I am very happy the governor recognized the urgency of this legislation and signed my bill into law.”
Giving victims standing is part of Marsy’s Law for which Delozier has been a long-time advocate. Marsy’s Law is a constitutional amendment to guarantee crime victims’ rights. When the amendment was being considered by voters in 2019, more than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians voted in favor, only to see the outcome ultimately set aside by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court due to a technicality with the ballot question.
Representative Sheryl Delozier
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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